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  MSNBC    The Last Word    News/Business.  (2012) New.  

    October 29, 2012
    7:00 - 7:59pm PDT  

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do not go outside. it's still very dangerous and from now until the storm is well passed you just have to shelter in place. you need to stay wherever you are. let me repeat that. you have to stay wherever you are. so don't call 911 unless it is a life-threatening emergency. you're not going to get better service and you're just keeping otherless who may have a real life-threatening emergency get service and stay off the roads. you getting stuck just keeps the emergency vehicles from getting to help people and it may be your family that needs the help. the same thing that i've said before still goes. stay away from windows, close the drapes. if water is coming into your home, go to the highest area. it is very important that you follow these instructions. it could save your life or the life of a fellow new yorker. these are not games. we've said from the very beginning, this is a once in a long time storm. -- >> lawrence od'donnell continue
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our coverage -- >> by those that talked about the highest estimate. we have to get the emergency services to where they are needed. that means we've got to know where the emergencies are. so if you're clogging 911, we can't find that out and then we've got to get the personnel to where people really need help and if you're car is blocking the roads we can't do that. as to the current weather, the rain i'm happy to say has passed and moved west so we don't' anything more than a few showers from now on. in terms of winds they should go below gail force in a couple of hours. as for the storm surge, a very big part of it will be over in the next couple of hours. the high tide was at roughly, 8:15. it is now 10:00. next low tide is at 6:00 in the morning so we're heading down and you'll see a lot of the roads that have currently flooded, the water will drain
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off. most new yorkers have followed our advice. the cooperation we received real hill has been great. but not everybody has cooperated. by midnight tonight we expect the surge to recede and we'll be able to get to people who need the help. things have gotten tough but we're going to get through this together. as the city always does. let me summarize for our spanish speakers in our audience. [ speaking in spanish ] [ speaking in spanish ] so the message is one more time, don't call 911 unless it's a real life-threatening emergency and number two, don't go out and don't drive. you're just blocking the emergency vehicles from getting where they want to go.
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but for most of the people who stayed off the roads and particularly all of those who got out of zone a when we ordered everybody to get out, you made the right decision. and we're grateful for the cooperation. and we'll do everything we can to get all the services we need to everybody and to get this city back going. most of it, i hope, will come back during the day tomorrow. and we're just going to get through this the way we always do. thank you very much. >> that was new york city mayor michael bloomberg with his update on the storms effects on new york city. we continue our live coverage of sandy now classified as a post tropical cyclone by the national hurricane center. that doesn't mean the storm is any less dangerous. officials making that change only because sandy is now, quote, devoid of thunderstorms near the center. just after 8:00 p.m., hurricane
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sandy then, merging with what was once, two cold-weather systems made landfall in southern new jersey near atlantic city. sandy is still packing maximum wind gusts around 80 miles an hour and brought an historic storm surge with it. river flooding in lower manhattan has reached more than 13 feet and officials have now cut power to large parts of lower manhattan. in the west village of manhattan, a building partially collapsed amid the high winds. the top two floors completely exposed to the elements. as the storm approached, high winds caused a crane to collapse, 74 floors up a top a highrise in midtown manhattan. forecasters say the gusty winds that high at that time could have reached 95 miles an hour. in new jersey, much of atlantic city is now underwater. part of the city's historic
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boardwalk was washed away by the storm. the state's governor chris christie saying any rescue operations will have to wait until sunrise. people along delaware's coastline have filled emergency shelters after the state's governor, jack markil asking for evaluation. firefighters say four unoccupied buildings have collapsed. no one was injured. at least 2 million people have lost power. five deaths have been report in new york state with deaths reported in new jersey, pennsylvania, connecticut, maryland and west virginia. trains, subways and bridges shut down. at least two major commuter tunnels and some subway tracks have been flooded. airlines have cancelled so far, at least 12,000 flights because of sandy. this afternoon, president obama
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said officials t after the stor. >> we have prepositioned assets so that fema personnel are working closely with state and local governments. we're making sure that food and water and emergency generation is available for those communities that are going to be hardest hit. transportation is going to be tied up for a long time. and probably the most significant impact for a lot of people in addition to flooding, is going to be getting power back on. the fact is, a lot of these emergency crews are not going to be able to get into position to start restoring pooir until some of the winds have died down. >> joining me for the latest on. power and scope of sandy is nbc meteorologist bill kerrins. bill, the mayor of new york seemed to indicate the worst is over in new york city. where is the country now in this storm? because it covers a lot more than the state of new york? >> well, if this was a sporting event we're heading toward the
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end. we've seen the worst of it. we've seen the most damage and the most extreme damage on the coast with the high tide cycle we just got done with but all the water has to rush out and we still have wirnds blowing onshore. the next high tide psyche ll have minor damage but nothing compared to the damage just done. as far as the winds go, we're still probably, i'd say, roughly half a million people sitting there with power on, crossing their fingers hoping they don't lose it and they probably will as we go throughout the night. storm will do a slow turn. it went inland over philadelphia and southern jersey around 5:00 or 6:00 this evening and then the storm is now going to slow down, slowly weaken and head up to our northern inning over the next three to four days. it will linger. not like we're going to all of the sudden have a clear day and beautiful and sunny to clear up. tuesday is going to be rough with gusty winds and periods of rain. i don't think the power crew also get out there until
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halloween on wednesday and get to work in earnest. high wind warnings continue all night long tonight and that's why everybody is being told to stay where this are from northern maine all the way to washington, d.c. and virginia. as far as the winds go, we have peak winds up to 85 miles an hour. impressive and new york city is still gusting to 57. trenton, 60. atlantic city, 62. islip, 26 and the tree also fall. what's been interesting is we've had some of the highest gusts lately near the baltimore and washington, d.c. too. you had heavier rain, five inches of rain in baltimore and we had a 55 mile per hour gust and look at this, washington, d.c., one of the highest gusty winds. 06 mile per hour gusts and we have trees down in and around the greater d.c. area. so it's still dangerous. it will weaken rapidly as we go throughout the night to early tomorrow morning and tomorrow
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will be a little bit l better but wait until tomorrow afternoon before you start get out there and looking around to clean up from this huge mess. >> i'm struck by the geographic scope of the storm. we've had a lot of concentration on its effect on the coast particularly negotiating city and the new jersey coast. in the list of states i just read that have experienced death and other than new york, it was one each. it included west virginia. what is a storm doing in west virginia? how did a hurricane occur that far inland? >> it's a blizzard with snow, a snowacane. that's unheard of. jim cantore, he said this was the coldest hurricane he's ever covered in his entire life. it doesn't make sense. such a strange event. the storm sizewise was like the
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second biggest storm we've ever kept track of going up the coast including famous blizzards and hurricane. this storm was immense. the stronger the winds, the larger the wind field and the more water these storms throw on shore and that's why we have such problems. we haven't seen the worst of the pictures yet from the jersey shore. when chris christie said i think we'll be shocked when we see them tomorrow. there may be cases where the ocean met the bay. in other words, it just eroded right through the barrier islands and i think we're going to see some of that tomorrow. >> what will happen to terms tomorrow and this those snow areas. what can they expect from temperature tools? >> excellent point. usually you lose power and it's usy summertime and don't y. temperatures in the 50s and 60s during the day and at night, 40s and 50s. if you're trying to keep your family warm and you have no power, that's a whole other issue we'll have to deal with. there's going to be lot of
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families looking for places stay. once you get through one night and you think you're okay but two or three nights with your kids, it can be rough. if you have power, open your doors and wel in your friends and family. you'll have to. >> bill, you put in an extraordinary day for msnbc and nbc. thanks for joining me tonight. >> thank you. authorities in new york city are carefully watching a crane that is dangling from a highrise in the around 56th street in manhattan. that's where nbc rahema ellis joins us. >> new york city mayor mike bloomberg said moments ago the rain has stopped but the emergency situation in this area has not passed. that's certainly true here down on 57th street and behind me. i'll have my cameraman pan up while it is dark you can still see the image of this crane dangling and i want to point out to you that this platform of the crane when it first collapsed,
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was pointed south. due to the heavy, strong winds that platform is now pointed southwest. this is very much an emergency situation down here. we've even see national guard members patrolling the areas and helping out local authorities. they have blockedff the street and evacuated the apartment building, the commercial building and even the hotel on 57th street in front near this luxury highrise apartment building under construction. the guests were evacuated from there. and sent to other hotels as well. they sent some experts up into the building to try to figure out if there was some way they could harness this crane and subdue this danger. it doesn't seem like they were able to do anything. these windless are pretty high and they may just have to wait for this storm to completely pass befe they can eliminate this danger of this dangling crane. lawrence? >> rehema, i was in that areahe time this happened this afternoon, and there were
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hundreds of people streams of hundreds of people rushing away, from that zone. i didn't know what they were rushing from until a few minutes later and i saw that news report. >> you are like someone we spoke with. he was up here with his wife from north carolina for their 25th wedding anniversary. they were on 57th street, just shy of the construction area. and he said he heard a sound and it was like the sound of a large steel door slamming shut and that was the steel that landed ten yards away from him and his wife. they didn't know where it came from until they got back to their hotel and saw the news reports and realized that they had gotten away and escaped a near disaster. >> rahema ellis live in midtown manhatt manhattan, thanks for join us. we go now to michelle franzen on the phone in better park city in lower manhattan where there are record levels of water.
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what's the latest situation down in the southern end of manhattan? >> lawrence, just now starting to see the water retreat from the streets here. but it's slowly retreating,nd it's certainly not soon enough. as you mentioned there were records in this area. the battery, more than 13 feet and it surpassed the record at high tide at 11.87. that record had been last broke none en in 1821. that gives you the idea of the historic storm we're dealing with. sandy's bands where still whipping up. we've had very strong gusts anywhere between 60 and 70 miles an hour. at newark it was clocked at about 70 miles an hour so i would certainly say in this area, we're seeing that. we're also seeing just the sky light up across the way over to jersey city. you know, their power and
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transformers are stationed are impacted by the storm and we've seen that time and time again and we're feeling one of these gusts right now. pretty powerful yet. lower manhattan flooding in some areas and we've had reports of flooding and the brooklyn battery tunnel that some water has gushed into that area as well. so it is a certainly, not over yet. tonight we're hoping that the mayor is correct and that the worst is behind us. but also, some of the damage that's already been done and it could take some time to get lower manhattan, as well as the transit system and all that back up and running. >> michelle, we were showing a picture of flooding at the construction site at ground zero down there in lower manhattan. there's a lot of new residential development down there and i'm wondering, there are a lot of people who were told they should be evacuating and i'm wondering what your sense is of how those new residents of that neighborhood reacted to the
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evacuation order? >> we were're -- we were here yesterday and i live dloun and a lot of people were taking those warnings seriously. we only met maybe one or two, i was here last year and i'm going to the store and i'm goinging to hunker down. you can fell by the power left on in the building whether it's generator power or what have you. there's not a whole lot of lights on in some of these buildings where they might have generators. you can see a few dots of light in the windows, people that are hunkering down. the shelters, about 76 of them, the numbers didn't reflect the number of people ordered to evacuate here in manhattan as well as other low-lying areas in new york city. very low. it's -- i haven't seen the latest numbers and i would imagine at the height of the storm it's difficult to get those numbers.
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and as we heard mayor michael bloomberg say, it is time now not to move. stay put wherever you are. take shelter because this is pretty dangerous time of the storm and these winds are whipping up when you don't know what streets are going to flood and what access points have already been sort of blocked off. >> nbc's michelle franzen, thank you very much for joining us tonight. coming up, the storm came ashore near atlantic city, new jersey. we'll go live to atlantic city for the latest.
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at the moment, evacuation is no longer possible and we'll no longer be able to rescue people. this has become particularly problematic in atlantic city because the mayor urged people to stay in the shelters, despite ni admonition to evacuate. >> that was governor chris christie hours before sandy made landfall near atlantic city. throughout the northeast, there are now more than 3.5 million people without power. we want to go right now to christine quinn by phone. she's the head of the new york city council. what is the situation in new york city at this point? and the big question seems to be, when is power going to be
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returned, electrical power? >> caller: basically, almost everyone south of 34th street, included -- is without power. we probably have another close to 50,000 people in the other burroughs probably more than that without power as well. when power is going to come back on is a question, depending -- a different question if you're someone like me who -- con-ed actually turned our power off p proef laek tickly and that will be maybe tomorrow or the day after. they turned it down so it wouldn't get flooded. in other places where it's over head wiretion that may have been taken down by trees, that could, obviously, take longer. >> we've been showing video of what is apparently an explosion at the power plant at 14th street and fdr drive.
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what do we know about that and what impact does that have on the situation? >> we're trying to learn more about that. i don't believe that had a significant impact on the power outage. they began powering down various parts of manhattan and expanded it as they realized the surge was going to be bigger. for example, the hudson river has come over 23rd street and it has made its way to 10th avenue. i don't think any of us have ever seen that before. that gave con-ed concern that the system in the chelsea area could have getten flooded and once the cold water hits the hot steam, you have to start all over, basically. >> there's something very reminiscent about the new orleans experience where there were certain people in some parts of new orleans in katrina whourp really never in danger and there was no problem. i was walking around times
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square tonight where there was virtually no wind. very little rain. and it was very hard, in times square and in midtown manhattan, to feel a connection to all of these flooding problems that were happening in lower manhattan. and also, in times square, as you know, the power was full on. and didn't look like there was any electrical problem whatsoever in that part of town. so this is really, it seems, problems are almost all isolated in terms of manhattan, anyway, below 34th street? >> most of the problems at the moment in manhattan seem to be south of 34th street. we're obviously having significant problems in the other burroughs as well. new yorkers are a big united family and when the sun comes up you'll see people from all over the city pitching in to help each other particularly those who are lucky notify to have george unscathed. they'll have the time and resources and the ability to
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pitch in and help others. >> thank you for joining us, christine quinn. thank you. >> take care and be safe, bye-bye. >> we'll go right to wcau report sydney long in atlantic city with the latest. sydney, what's the situation there? >> the weather has really turned wicked on the back edge of sandy. we're at a high school here and despite governor chris christie's orders for a mandatory evacuation that was supposed to happen add 4:00 on sunday afternoon. in and around atlantic city, late afternoon and early evening tonight i can tell you a number of the streets around those particular schools, those shelters, those locations, were completely impassable, so those
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shelters were basically on an island in and of themselves. we saw traffic signals, the big yellow traffic signals down in the street. you know, just in pieces. we've been in atlantic city high school since about 7:30 tonight when we arrived we were told by the personnel here that the national troops and that's because, you know, police, fire, ems have been ordered to stand down through the night until about 7:00 tomorrow morning until this stormy passes. that they would not be able to respond to those emergency responders. but national guard troops we can tell you just within the last hour or so brought about two dozen evacuees from two different schools. new york avenue school, southern avenue schools, in atlantic city, those schools are underwater and in the dark. they lost electricity. they lost their generator power about two dozen or so of those
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folks arrived here just within the last hour or so. we understand there's probably about 50 or 7 5 evacuees here. we've been trying through the evening to get in touch with the mayor of atlantic city and other emergency management folks. we've been unable to get comment from the mayor since governor chris jansichristie's rooiremar >> it seems governor christy had the right advice and the mayor simply didn't anticipate what was coming. >> it does seem that way and i know they're in the thick of it and we've not been able to touch base with the mayor, the director of public safety and those folks who are right now focused on the people stuck at the those locations. so clearly, they are in the thick of this and trying to get those people, you know, to safer ground but they're doing it in the dark and on the these flooded impassable roadways. so who knows what went into that
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decision making, wanting the people to stay on the barrier island, despite governor chris jansing -- governor christy's admonition. >> thank you for joining us. we'll go quickly to steve with "the last word" new jersey political expert. this maier of knowledge city versus the governor. what's going on? >> this is a saga and it's territorial and it's personal between them. i think it started when christie led an issuive to created a tourism area in atlantic city. the idea is that atlantic city was failing as a touring destination so at christie's behest. and they would take the power
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away from the mayor and since then, back and forth. thanks, steve. coming up, we'll talk with someone from con-edinson on new york city's power situation.
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you're looking at video of
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an explosion at a con-ed explosion plant. we go to bob mcgee from con edison. mr. mcgee, what is the state of the power supply in new york city now? >> the explosion that your your viewers ew probably looking at, i can't see it, i imagine it's one that i've seen, essentially wound up taking out power south of 39th street in new york city. there had been a couple of networks that had been taken out before in lower manhattan. the battery park network and the fullton network and that affected to that point, about 6500 customers in lower manhattan. at the time that this incident occurred we had about 225,000 people out system-wide. this event took out a number of additional networks which resulted in power outages in
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lower manhattan, at least, 250,000 people. we've gotten some of those folks back. they're at about 225,000 out right now in manhattan. elsewhere around the system, there's substantial outages in west chester. we've got almost 150,000 people out in westchester and a total of 605,000 people out in the five burroughs of new york city and westchester. >> to go back to the lower manhattan situation, is there a predicted way this power will return? will it start to return north to south? from 39th street down or -- because you have what now looks like a very substantial chunk of the island, basically, black, below 39th street. >> well, with the exception of the tip of the southwest part of manhattan at the battery, that's
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correct. but by and large, we'll probably see that power return more quickly than we'll see power return in other areas where there's significant tree damage and wires down was there can be network engineersing that reckon figure our system to address some of the outages. obviously, there will be longer time restorations for any networks where we have equipment under water. but in the outlying areas where we have wires down and trees down and streets will have to be cleared to essentially address those wires and situations it will probably be substantially longer. >> it's fair to say manhattan is likely to get power back more quickly than queens and out areas where it's because of downed powerlines. >> i would say parts of manhattan. not necessarily all of manhattan.
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those areas where substations are -- and facilities are under water cannot be re-energized until the waters recede and the equipment dries out. that's liable to take a long time in some instances to get some of those folks back. but there is great redundancy in the manhattan network obviously because of the heavy concentration of businesses and so there's some additional things that our network engineers are able to do as opposed to some other areas where there's single overhead networks in outlying residential areas. >> mr. mcgee, what about injuries in that explosion or what was the effect on workers in that explosion? >> we don't have any reports of injuries at that location. we just received word in the last 15 or 20 minutes or so,
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that there has been one fatality in the brooklyn/queens network due to a downed wire. we don't know where it is just yet. we don't have all the details yet. but obviously, that's the matter that's of greatest concern to us is the safety of the public and, also, of course, of our own workers and the contractors and others who are coming in from other companies to assist us in the restoration. so moving ahead safely is of utmost importance. we're urging people, of course, under these circumstances, to stay inside and remember, when you do go outside, always beware that there may be downed wires amid debris or in waters you don't see and obviously, the consequences of that can be deadly. so proceeding with caution at this point until the storm passes is what's of utmost
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importance here. >> con edison spokesman bob mcgee, thank you. >> coming up, the latest on the storm as it crosses new jersey and continues to batter the east coast.
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sandy made landfall on the new jersey coastline. jay gray joins me from cape may, new jersey. jay, what's the latest situation there? >> the wind has picked up dramatically here in the last 15 to 20 minutes and really gusting above 50 miles an hour right now. the rain has stopped thankfully but only for a short while. looking at the radar it looks like another strong band will be moving through. the wind has changed directions which ultimately makes it appear that maybe we're getting the wackside of the storm or at least the begins of the backside of the storm. it's come ashore and beginning to move inland. and really intense as far as if wind is concerned. we know there's significant flooding in the area and really,
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up and down the coast and unfortunately, at least for this area, i'm afraid that maybe we're beginning to see what may be the roughest blow from the storm. >> and will the next high tide be a real point at which you know how much damage will be done? >> reporter: i think that we'll see more significant damage as a result of the next high tide. here in cape may we're in a unique position. the city is out on a little finger here and it points to the south and the way the winds were earlier the storm was actually pushing that tide out to sea. so now we're going to get the turn around and we'll see exactly what happens as far as the tide is concerned and the tidal surge is a very real concern for many people in this community. >> nbc's jay gray in cape may, new jersey. thanks for going me tonight. . >> always good, thanks. >> our coverage will koi agage
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after a break. be right back.
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the good news is we will clean up and we'll get through this. >> how about the impact on the election, sir? >> i am not worried at this point about the impact on the election. i'm worried about the impact on families and i'm worried about the impact on our first responders. i'm worried about the impact on our economy and on
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transportation. the election will take care of itself next week. >> and with only eight days to go, the election just might have to take care of itself. president obama shut down his campaign activities today. there are no public campaign events scheduled tomorrow for president obama. or vice president joe biden. the romney campaign announced mitt romney will host a so-called "storm relief event" in ohio tomorrow with nascar's richard petty. and country music's randy owen. if the serious aftermath of this hurricane runs into this weekend then for all practical purposes the candidates may have already made their closing arguments to the voters. what they have to say now may not be heard over the storm coverage. team obama's last public act took place in ohio while the president was in washington. >> we went to florida last night
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and he got up this morning and called me and said, i've got to go back right now. the storm is getting out of hand i have to handle it. i said, mr. president, that's the right call. >> i just want you to know, he asked me to express his regrets for not being able to be here but, you know, he's doing the job a president should be doing. >> mitt romney's last come pain event was today in iowa. >> i want to take a moment before we begin just to think about what's happening on the coast, the east coast of our country right now. i was speaking today with the national weather service and with folks at fema as their preparing for the landfall of a very dangerous hurricane. >> group, so how did i do on keeping a straight face on mitt romney will host a so-called "storm relief event" in ohio tomorrow? like the epicenter of the storm? ohio? with richard petty and the
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country music -- this -- how does that work exactly? >> well, you did an excellent job with your straight face, i would say. there's that. >> that's over now. >> let me just say, i'll give you a little hat tim to our friend steve here who said earlier today, the romney campaign cannot afford to not be come paining right now because if the election ends now -- >> i heard him say that. >> they lose. >> you were right there. >> i think that's exactly the case. they're looking at the numbers in ohio and looking at the numbers in virginia and iowa and wisconsin and still have to move the needle. they have to do something. they can't just go totally dark. >> and he has a sudden affection for fema? you will recall during the republican presidential campaign which is an entirely different campaign from the one we're in now. he had a different view of fema and we have the video and we're going to show you that right now. >> fema is about to run out of money and some people that say do it on a case-by-case basis
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and some say, maybe we're learning a lesson that the state should take this on. how do you feel like that? >> absolutely. every time you have an occasion to take something back from the federal government and send it to the states that's the right direction. and if you go further and send it back to the private sector that's even better. we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. it is simply immoral in my view, for us to continue to rack larger and larger debts and pass them to our kids and knowing full well, we'll be all be dead and gone before it's paid off. >> so jeanne king is saying, including disaster relief. and that's when mitt romney gets really animated and says, it is simply immoral. disaster relief is immoral. >> the old moral hazard. spending our grandchildren's money on disaster relief. it's doubly ironic saying, oh, no, he doesn't warrant to get rid of fema but we've seen what mitt romney believeless when it
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comes to daths relief. when he was the lame duck governor there were two major disasters. a storm that hit the town of aimless bury, massachusetts. and in both cases mitt romney asked for federal assistance and federal aid. when the second disaster happened, romney and the state had money sitting in the until because people were evacuated. he refused to spend the state's money even though they had a surplus because he wanted to know what the federal government was going to give him first. he didn't think it was a moral hazard to wait for the federal government to write a check before he spent massachusetts's own money and he wound up refusing to help families in lower massachusetts who were really hurting and he refused to spend the state's money to help them. so what is the actual moral hazard here? >> steve, if it was at least a
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month left in the campaign i have no doubt team obama would have an ad out, at least a week or two from now, with this fema response, including disaster relief. everything would be in that ad. and but now with the election coming on tuesday, it's difficult to see how team obama cuts that ad and gets it out there in a way people don't think are overly exploiting the situation. >> my guess is they wouldn't touch that from here to the election. if you look at the politics of this then -- >> he'll have to touch it for them -- we'll have to touch it for him. >> if it's up to the media then it's up to super pac. if i were running out an ad for a super pac and the campaign.
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if a pro obama does this it will give the campaigns an opportunity to get back in the news in a way they want be. how dare they two days after this disaster make this a political issue and the distinction between super pac and obama campaign would be lost on most people. i think that just the politics of this for whatever it's worth, there's nothing proactively right now that romney can do to make up the points that he trails in ohio and wisconsin and those states but if for some reason obama's response to this is bungled or botched or he's seen as politicizing it for some reason then i think there's an opportunity for romney to score. >> and one of the tremendous ironies about this political season is because the republican party acted in a way that really caused, particularly african-american voters to feel there was a lot of racial -- a lot of nasty, ugly hostility not just toward barack obama but the voters. the obama campaign wound up front-loading so much of their
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early vote, when i was in ohio people were amped up to get out and vote earlier than they normally would have. in florida, soles to the polls which was cut off, has already happened so the obama campaign, in large part because of the republicans have actually banked more early votes this time than they had at this point in '08 so they've built up like a fire wall while the republicans are left with this to hamper their early vote. >> thanks for joining me tonight. >> we'll be right back with more coverage.
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msnbc's meteorologist is back with the latest. bill, my one question is, where has the worst already happened? and where is the worst yet to happen? >> yeah. it can't get any worse than the jersey shore or the delaware area of maryland and coastal areas, you hit your high tide cycle and the water is receding quickly including new york city and that's good. you won't get any more destruction. it's been done. as far as areas that still have to go through their high tide, portions of outer long island, coastal connecticut and rhode island, your high tide is between 11:00 and midnight here on the east coast and that's when the damage will be done. it won't be as bad as your friends to the south but that's where we have destruction. where it could potentially be bad for everyone else if you're one of these lucky people with your power still on and a tree hadn't fallen on you're house or car you're still in a bit of danger. winds gusting to 60 miles an hour. and wind gurs to 81 miles an hour in allentown, pennsylvania.
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that's not even close to the ocean. just shows you the scope and magnitude of the storm and how far-reaching it is. far to the south, d.c. is still gusting to 60 and power outages are widespread in the d.c. area. even our friends in northern portions of new england, haven't been hit quite as bad but we have about 25,000 people without power all the way up in maine. it shows you how far away and how strong the winds are. in maine, winds at 44 miles an hour. so it will get better during the evening especially this in hartford, boston, springfield and the rain will continue for all our friends in the mountainous areas of west virginia, pennsylvania, and virginia and even maryland, this white on this heap is snow. yes, snow from our hurricane about as rare as it can get. and we're going to adding up the snow. this stormy will stall out for about two days and for those pooirm in this region where the snow is falling and trees are falling, it's going to be hard to get out of those areas for two or three days.